Tilford C. Brown is Dine (Navajo) from Sundance, New Mexico, on the eastern portion of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. He currently works as a Human Resources Specialist with the VISN 22 Human Resources Management Service, Worklife Benefits Team in Long Beach, CA, while residing in Albuquerque, NM. The Worklife Benefits Team provides human resources administrative support for benefits to Network Director office in Long Beach and eight VA Medical Centers in New Mexico, Arizona and California to employees and veterans, alike. He also worked for the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM as a Human Resources Specialist helping employees/veterans with their retirement, awards, and benefits. He was also the American Indian Special Emphasis Committee (AISEC) Program Manager for the medical center.
Tilford is a U.S. Marine Veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989 through 1993. He deployed with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), 1st Force Service Support Group (FSSG) out of Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, CA into Saudi Arabia/Kuwait during Desert Shield/Storm and deployed with sea-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) out of MCB Camp Pendleton, CA into Somalia. He has a BA in Management, Organizational Behavior/Human Resources Management from the University of New Mexico.
Tilford first attended the SAIGE National Training Program in 2010 at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and became a member. He has assisted SAIGE since then as its official singer, opening up many sessions with song and prayer. In 2013 Tilford composed a song especially for SAIGE. Tilford is a Lifetime member of SAIGE and active member of the SAIGE Warrior Society.
Tilford serves on the board to “help SAIGE continue the admiration, beauty, and harmony it has built. SAIGE cares about the preservation of native cultures, languages, and traditions that our elders and spiritual leaders speak of, along with investing into our youth and veterans.” These are all things that Tilford believes in and wants to be a part of.